“I’ve got no choice but to go out there. I’m just going to do my job. I don’t want to be fake. I’m just going to go and play basketball and handle my business.” – Stephen Jackson
Jackson broke his silence finally. He sounds like he is ready to at least play the role. He was no doubt upset about being hit with two game checks. So he will likely keep under control to save his money.
But, clearly, he is still unhappy, perhaps more unhappy. The Warriors are determined to try to make it work. They don’t want to give him away, they don’t want the season to be too disastrous (in terms of wins and losses), but they certainly don’t want him causing drama all season.
Reasonably, what do you think they should do? Send him home with pay? Take the best offer they can get and ship him? Or hope against hope that he will come around?
In mind, the first two options are way too dangerous. But the third option is a fantasy. Will he compete? Sure. But I don’t think it is possible to give your everything when you really don’t want to be around. But winning in the league goes beyond competing on the court. It’s practice. Chemistry. Sacrifice. Team work. And every other cliche you’ve seen on a poster. Will Jack do that like he did the last couple years? I don’t think he can given ha feelings.
However, I think that is the lesser of the evils.